Healthy City initiatives and their contributions toward better urban environment
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Bernhard Müller, Technische Universität Dresden
Due to rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, China has confronted huge environmental issues, raising public concerns about the negative health effect of urban environment. Shanghai is one of the first mega-cities to initiate Healthy City programs to address the problem. However, the program focused mainly the improvement of health without dealing with urban environment properly.
Based on the case study of Shanghai, the contributions of the Healthy City initiatives on improving urban environment will be assessed and the challenges in successful delivery of the actions will be identified. Posing the argument that urban planning is a critical part of collective response to urban health challenges, the research aims to explore the pathways to integrate urban planning with healthy city development.
The research combines quantitative and qualitative methods. The extent of influence of the healthy city initiatives on urban environment factors and the interrelations between them will be examined by correlation analysis. Content analysis of documentation, semi-structured interviews and focused group discussion with different stakeholders will be conducted to identify the challenges in the current system. Finally, benchmark cases will be studied to form collaborative framework and new strategies toward better urban environment, thus contributing to the future development and management of Healthy Cities in China.
Key words: Healthy City, institutions, urban planning, urban environment
Doctoral Student at the TU Dresden, Faculty of Environmental Science
09/2013 - 01/2016
Studies in Design, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, China
Academic Degree: Master of Arts
09/2008 – 07/2013
Studies in Urban Planning, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, China
Academic Degree: Bachelor of Engineering
Journals Column Host, Coordinator of Liaison Office in Shanghai/Urban Planning International Editorial department, Beijing, China
Urban Planner/ World Urban Study Lab, Shanghai, China
Deputy Head/ Tongji University Alumni Association Architecture and Urban Planning Branch, Shanghai, China
Scholarship for a doctorate at the TU Dresden by the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS)
National Scholarship for Graduate Students by the Ministry of Education, China
Golden Award by 2014 Green Building Leadership Camp
Outstanding student cadre by Tongji University
Scholarship for Social Activities by Tongji University